Here lies the most engaging feature of the lay American attitude toward language: meaningisanadvisor, but not a dictator, in usage.
He is the founder of "reader-response" criticism, which holds that texts don't have intrinsic meaning--meaningisabyproduct of the encounter between reader and text.
The form of dependence of the variance on the meanisacharacteristic of the response distribution; for example for the poisson distribution Var(y) = mu.
It exemplifies liberals' wholehearted embrace of the gay-rights movement: "[T]he very fact that the vice president could use the phrase 'came out' and assume that his listeners knew exactly what he meantisanindication of how the private language of the homosexual subculture has become the common language of the cultural elite."
He did inherit a belief that hard work would solve most problems, that spending beyond one's meanswasarecipe for disaster, that flashy showoff behavior with borrowed money was understandable but foolish.
However, some of his examples come close to matching my own favorite from Japan: “Ivy League Spirit For Ever This Is My Personal Yokohama.” In the same issue, Mr. McIntosh refers to a “ route mauvais as the French have it.” If the French have it, it must read mauvaise; but if what he meansisaroad with a bad surface the term used is chaussée déformée .
Despite the fact that it is awkward to describe, there is nothing terrifyingly profound about this observation: all it meansisthathotmeans `hot,' hotter means `more hot, of a higher temperature than that designated by hot ,' and hottest means `most hot, of a temperature that is greater than that of anything else being considered.'
You know that the meanisasuitabledescription for age and parity.